Wednesday, August 7, 2013

An ah ha moment... Storm'n Norm'n warning goes unheeded now hospitals punished with ObamaFines to the tune of $227 million!

Do you remember when I posted this picture back in June of 2011?  (see original here: Obamacare: The Truth Behind The WheelChair Ad Democrats Don't Want You To Know)  The point I was trying to make with the picture was the fact that Obamacare was going to get very expensive if you had to be re-admitted to a hospital in less than 30 days.  Well low and behold!  Aah ha!  Look what we've got here!  This headline is from KHN, a major nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.  
Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government’s campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records released Friday.
Medicare identified 2,225 hospitals that will have payments reduced for a year starting on Oct. 1. Eighteen hospitals will lose 2 percent, the maximum possible and double the current top penalty. Another 154 will lose 1 percent or more of every payment for a patient stay, the records show. Hospitals that treated large number of low income patients were more likely to be penalized than those treating the fewest impoverished people.
The penalty program, which began in October 2012, is among the toughest of Medicare's efforts to pay hospitals for the quality of their performances...   Read the rest here

A side note to this story is that back in 2011, I brought this to the attention of William R. Keating, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts (I had attended one of his town hall meetings) and Keating did not have a clue what I was talking about...because he never read the bill...especially Section 3025 of the so-called Affordable Care Act (Which we are now finding out no-one can afford.). ~ Norman E. Hooben

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